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* Finding the minimum amount of information for vital records

To find an individual's burial place on a vital record, such as a death certificate, you must at least know the individual's full name at time of death, the approximate year of the death, and the state or county of the death, depending on when the event took place. If you do not have the minimum information to find a death certificate, you can either:

* Get help finding some of the minimum information by selecting one of the following items,

Name

Place of death

Death date

* click the Back button on your browser to return to the list of other places where you can find burial places, or

* read the paragraphs below for a few additional tips.

Finding vital records

Even if you don't have the minimum information required to find the original records, you're not completely out of luck. Indexes to vital records, including death records, have been made for some states and counties. These indexes provide you with the information you need to access the original record. Check with libraries and genealogy societies in the area -- they may know if any indexes exist for the records that you need.

Finding places of burial

Make sure you check scrapbooks, diaries, and family Bibles at home. See the topic Finding information at home for more information. Also check for local histories. See the topic Finding previous research.

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